Ask Pastor John: Can We Be Legalistic About Not Being Legalists?

Can We Be Legalistic About Not Being Legalists?A couple of different listeners in the past month have written in to ask, essentially, “Is it possible to become legalistic about not being legalistic?” Pastor John, what would you say? My short answer would be simply yes, but that won’t have much meaning until we provide some definitions and biblical content for the word “legalism.”Here’s the startling fact that more people need to take into account, and they need to become more careful in … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Only God Can Judge Me?

Only God can judge me!This is a phrase that shows up in rap songs, tattoos, t-shirts, bumper stickers…And when someone says this, what they mean is: “You may not approve of what I am doing, but God does!” No, He doesn’t.You see, God has already judged you in the Bible and He says you’re guilty. You’re a murderer at heart, calling somebody names makes you liable to the hell of fire. Everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment… Whoever says, “You fool!” will be … [Read more...]

White Horse Inn: Implications of the Resurrection

[display_podcast]The resurrection of Jesus Christ is presented in the New Testament as the factual basis for the Christian faith. If Christ is not risen, our faith is in vain. But what are the implications of this fact? For example, what is Paul getting at in Romans 4:25 when he says that Christ was “delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification”? The hosts will discuss this and other texts that unpack the significance of Christ’s resurrection on this edition of the White H … [Read more...]

White Horse Inn: Implications of the Cross

[display_podcast]In the last program we took a look at Christ’s cross-centered mission, and in this program we want to ask what it all means. Why did Jesus have to suffer in our place, and what did his death accomplish? Why is the cross central to our redemption?As they attempt to unpack this topic, the hosts spend some time defining important words and concepts that the New Testament authors use to describe the benefits of the cross such as redemption, atonement, propitiation, and i … [Read more...]

White Horse Inn: Christ’s Cross-Centered Mission

[display_podcast]Many people today seem to think that Christ came to give us the keys to the good life. While conservatives are likely to think of Jesus as the one who secures “my best life now,” liberals tend to view him as one who inspires us to have “our best society now.”Yet throughout his ministry, Jesus kept telling his disciples that his ultimate mission was not to be a helpful teacher, political philosopher, or moral example, but rather a redeemer who was called to give his life a … [Read more...]

White Horse Inn: Sin & Grace

[display_podcast] How should we think about sin and repentance in a life of Christian discipleship? Do Christians continue to struggle with sin or is it possible to live a victorious Christian life? On this program the hosts will discuss what it means to be simultaneously justified and sinful by walking through chapters 6-7 of Paul’s letter to the Romans as they wrap up their series on the doctrine of Original Sin. Join us for this new edition of the White Horse Inn. Host Quote: “We basically … [Read more...]